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Brickworld 2012

Do you like LEGOs?  If you are a LEGO fan and have not yet attended a Brickworld convention, this is a MUST SEE!  Brickworld is a convention created by Adult Fans of LEGO (AFOLs). The target groups for the full convention are AFOLs and Teen Fans of LEGO (TFOLs). There is a registration option geared toward family participation along with the public exposition hours on Saturday and Sunday.

Brickworld is a gathering of like minded hobby enthusiasts that want to share what they have created, what they know, games they play, and many other things. The fully registered attendees allow us to open the event hall to the public on Saturday and Sunday to share their creations with anyone.

For details, please see the Brickworld website at http://www.brickworld.us/chicago/

Dates:  open to the public on Saturday and Sunday, June 16 and 17, 2012.

Location:  The Westin Chicago North Shore, Located at the southeast corner of Lake Cook Road & Milwaukee Ave.

601 North Milwaukee Avenue
Wheeling, llinois 60090

 

Boy Scouts of America announces Robotics Merit Badge requirements

 Boy Scouts of America Introduces Robotics Merit Badge

 

 Merit badge applies STEM principles in a way that’s fun and interesting

 

DALLAS, Texas (April 11, 2011)—When people think of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), they envision activities like camping, knot-tying, and canoeing, but soon, they’ll need to add robot-building to that list. Scouts in 2011, through the introduction of the Robotics merit badge, now have the opportunity to design, build, and demonstrate a robot of their own creation.

 

The Robotics merit badge is part of the BSA’s new curriculum emphasis on STEM: science, technology, engineering, and math. The BSA focus on STEM takes a fun, adventurous approach to helping Scouts develop critical skills that are relevant and needed in today’s competitive world. The new merit badge is one of 31 STEM-related merit badges that Scouts can earn.

 

"The Robotics merit badge is an example of how Scouting remains true to its roots to help young people be prepared," said BSA Chief Scout Executive Bob Mazzuca. "While the guiding principles of Scouting—service to others, leadership, personal achievement, and respect for the outdoors—will never change, we continue to adapt programs to prepare young people for success in all areas of life."

This merit badge involved approximately 14 months of development and input from more than 150 youth members, leaders, and industry professionals from across the nation. Earning the Robotics merit badge requires a Scout to understand how robots move (actuators), how they sense the environment (sensors), and how they understand what to do (programming). Scouts will spend approximately 14 hours meeting the requirements of this merit badge, including that they design a robot and demonstrate how it works. The BSA anticipates more than 10,000 Robotics merit badges will be earned in its first year.

The BSA developed the Robotics merit badge because of the wide-reaching impact of robotics and the role STEM will continue to play in young people’s lives moving forward. Robots are used in almost every field—in medicine and manufacturing, law enforcement and search and rescue, and space and underwater exploration. They appear regularly in daily life, be it vacuuming, mowing the lawn, and/or cleaning the pool. Even some video game controllers are considered robots.

To earn the Robotics merit badge, Scouts must:

 

1. Safety. Do each of the following:
a. Explain to your counselor the most likely hazards you may encounter while working with robots and what you should do to anticipate, mitigate and prevent, and respond to these hazards. Describe the appropriate safety gear and clothing that should be used when working with robotics.
b. Discuss first aid and prevention for the types of injuries that could occur while participating in robotics activities and competitions, including cuts, eye injuries, and burns (chemical or heat).

2. Robotics industry. Discuss the following with your counselor:
a. The kinds of things robots can do and how robots are best used today.
b. The similarities and differences between remote control vehicles, telerobots, and autonomous robots.
c. Three different methods robots can use to move themselves other than wheels or tracks. Describe when it would be appropriate to use each method.

3. General knowledge. Discuss with your counselor three of the five major fields of robotics (human-robot interface, mobility, manipulation, programming, sensors) and their importance to robotics development. Discuss either the three fields as they relate to a single robot system OR talk about each field in general. Find pictures and/or at least one video to aid your discussion.

4. Design, build, program, test. Do each of the following:
a. With your counselor’s approval, choose a task for the robot or robotic subsystem that you plan to build. Include sensor feedback and programming in the task. Document this information in your robot engineering notebook.
b. Design your robot. The robot design should use sensors and programming and have at least 2 degrees of freedom. Document the design in your robot engineering notebook using drawings and a written description.
c. Build a robot or robotic subsystem of your original design to accomplish the task you chose for requirement 4a.
d. Discuss with your counselor the programming options available for your robot. Then do either option 1 OR option 2.
(1) Option 1. Program a robot to perform the task you chose for your robot in 4a. Include a sample of your program’s source code in your robot engineering notebook.
(2) Option 2. Prepare a flow chart of the desired steps to program your robot for accomplishing the task in 4a. Include procedures that show activities based on sensor inputs. Place this in your robot engineering notebook.
e. Test your robot and record the results in your robot engineering notebook. Include suggestions on how you could improve your robot, as well as pictures or sketches of your finished robot.

5. Demonstrate. Do the following:
a. Demonstrate for your counselor the robot you built in requirement 4.
b. Share your robot engineering notebook with your counselor. Talk about how well your robot accomplished the task, the improvements you would make in your next design, and what you learned about the design process.

6. Competitions. Do ONE of the following.
a. Attend a robotics competition and report to your counselor what you saw and learned about the competition and how teams are organized and managed.
b. Learn about three youth robotics competitions. Tell your counselor about these, including the type of competition, time commitment, age of the participants, and how many teams are involved.

7. Careers. Name three career opportunities in robotics. Pick one and find out the education, training, and experience required for this profession. Discuss this with your counselor, and explain why this profession might interest you.

Some of the robotics platforms that may be used include: 

LEGO Mindstorms Robotics

Parallax Boe-Bot Robot Kit  http://www.parallax.com/tabid/411/Default.aspx#kits 

National Robotics Week

National Robotics Week 2012

The third annual National Robotics Week will be held April 7-15, 2012.

We doubled our events in 2011 from our 2010 inaugural year, and hope to reach even more participants in 2012. Stay tuned and look for events near you!

Mark your calendars and watch here for more information.

The purpose of National Robotics Week is to:

  • Celebrate the US as a leader in robotics technology development
  • Educate the public about how robotics technology impacts society, both now and in the future
  • Advocate for increased funding for robotics technology research and development
  • Inspire students of all ages to pursue careers in robotics and other Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math-related fields

Why is robotics important?

  • Robotics technology is a growing industry which creates high-tech jobs in the US
  • Robotics technologies are helping to improve healthcare, national defense, homeland security, energy, manufacturing, logistics, transportation, agriculture, education, consumer goods, and many other sectors
  • Robotics provides an exciting, hands-on way for students to learn Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math
 

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 April 2013 21:37 Written by Administrator Thursday, 05 January 2012 00:00

Registration for Courses is now open for Computer Game Design and LEGO Mindstorms Robotics courses. Computer Game Design Program To Learn's Computer Game Design courses let participants to create and design their own computer games and animated scripts. Learn how to create background settings, characters, animate movement, add sound effects and more! Each child will have access to their own computer during the class. If you're new to our Computer Game Design course, we will get you started quickly. If you've previously attended our class, we will be introducing a new game so you'll get to learn some new techniques. Spring 2013: - check back for additioal schedule dates for courses! Bartlett Park District   #53513-01  -  5/4, 5/11, 5/18, 5/25 Buffalo Grove Park District   #37375  -  4/6, 4/13, 4/20, 4/27 Dundee Township Park District #231005-00 - 4/3, 4/10, 4/17, 4/24 Elgin Parks and Recreation #12825 - 4/4, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25 Elk Grove Parks   #82593  -  4/29, 5/6, 5/13, 5/20 Schaumburg Park District #54015 - 5/3, 5/10, 5/17, 5/24 Streamwood Park District   #2450-2-  4/3, 4/10, 4/17, 4/24 LEGO Mindstorms Robotics Program To Learn's LEGO Mindstorms Robotics courses provide an exciting introduction to the LEGO Mindstorms Robotics Invention System. Learn mechanical design, construction, programming and teamwork skills. Students build different robots and program them with a laptop computer to move, react & make sounds to solve challenges. This class is a good introduction for kids interested in robotics competitions such as FIRST LEGO League. Spring 2013: - check back for additioal schedule dates for courses! Bartlett Park District  WeDo   #53513-02  -  5/4, 5/11, 5/18, 5/25 Buffalo Grove Park District  WeDo   #37374  -  4/6, 4/13, 4/20, 4/27 Elk Grove Parks  LEGO I   #82592  -  4/1, 4/8, 4/15, 4/22 Schaumburg Park District  LEGO I   #54013  -  4/5, 4/12, 4/19, 4/26 Summer Camps 2013: - check back for additioal schedule dates for courses! Bartlett Park District  pre-Engineering with LEGO WeDo Robotics   6/24, 6/25, 6/26, 6/27  #23513-02  -- FLYER -- REGISTER LEGO Mindstorms Robotics Summer Camp    6/24, 6/25, 6/26, 6/27  #23513-01  -- FLYER -- REGISTER Computer Game Design Summer Camp   6/24, 6/25, 6/26, 6/27  #23513-03  -- FLYER -- REGISTER Buffalo Grove Park District pre-Engineering with LEGO WeDo Robotics    #38194  7/8, 7/9, 7/10, 7/11  -- FLYER -- REGISTER LEGO Mindstorms Robotics Summer Camp   #38195  7/8, 7/9, 7/10, 7/11  -- FLYER -- REGISTER Computer Game Design Summer Camp   #38196  7/8, 7/9, 7/10, 7/11  -- FLYER -- REGISTER Dundee Township Park District Computer Game Design Summer Camp   # 7/15, 7/16, 7/17, 7/18  -- FLYER -- REGISTER Elgin Parks and Recreation pre-Engineering with LEGO WeDo Robotics   #    8/5, 8/6, 8/7, 8/8  -- FLYER -- REGISTER Computer Game Design Summer Camp   #   8/5, 8/6, 8/7, 8/8  -- FLYER -- REGISTER Elk Grove Park District pre-Engineering with LEGO WeDo Robotics    #83196  7/22, 7/23, 7/24, 7/25  -- FLYER -- REGISTER LEGO Mindstorms Robotics Summer Camp   #83197  7/22, 7/23, 7/24, 7/25  -- FLYER -- REGISTER Computer Game Design Summer Camp   #83201  7/22, 7/23, 7/24, 7/25  -- FLYER -- REGISTER Itasca Park District pre-Engineering with LEGO WeDo Robotics     7/22, 7/23, 7/24, 7/25  #4482-0 -- FLYER -- REGISTER LEGO Mindstorms Robotics Summer Camp    7/22, 7/23, 7/24, 7/25  #4427-0 -- FLYER -- REGISTER Computer Game Design Summer Camp    7/22, 7/23, 7/24, 7/25  #4470-0 -- FLYER -- REGISTER Schaumburg Park District pre-Engineering with LEGO WeDo Robotics  7/29, 7/30, 7/31, 8/1  #53760   -- FLYER -- REGISTER LEGO Mindstorms Robotics Summer Camp 7/29, 7/30, 7/31, 8/1  #53758  -- FLYER -- REGISTER Computer Game Design Summer Camp  7/29, 7/30, 7/31, 8/1   #53759  -- FLYER -- REGISTER South Barrington pre-Engineering with LEGO WeDo Robotics   6/17, 6/18, 6/19, 6/20  #8264   -- FLYER -- REGISTER LEGO Mindstorms Robotics Summer Camp   6/17, 6/18, 6/19, 6/20  #8265  -- FLYER -- REGISTER Computer Game Design Summer Camp   6/17, 6/18, 6/19, 6/20  #8270  -- FLYER -- REGISTER Streamwood Park District pre-Engineering with LEGO WeDo Robotics   6/24, 6/25, 6/26, 6/27  #2460-2   -- FLYER -- REGISTER LEGO Mindstorms Robotics Summer Camp   6/24, 6/25, 6/26, 6/27  #2460-3  -- FLYER -- REGISTER Computer Game Design Summer Camp   6/24, 6/25, 6/26, 6/27   #2460-4  -- FLYER -- REGISTER   Fall 2013: - check back for additioal schedule dates for courses!

Sign up for classes now!

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 April 2013 21:37 Written by Administrator Thursday, 05 January 2012 00:00

Registration for Courses is now open for Computer Game Design and LEGO Mindstorms Robotics courses. Computer Game Design Program To Learn's Computer Game Design courses let participants to create and design their own computer games and animated scripts. Learn how to create background settings, characters, animate movement, add sound effects and more! Each child will have access to their own computer during the class. If you're new to our Computer Game Design course, we will get you started quickly. If you've previously attended our class, we will be introducing a new game so you'll get to learn some new techniques. Spring 2013: - check back for additioal schedule dates for courses! Bartlett Park District   #53513-01  -  5/4, 5/11, 5/18, 5/25 Buffalo Grove Park District   #37375  -  4/6, 4/13, 4/20, 4/27 Dundee Township Park District #231005-00 - 4/3, 4/10, 4/17, 4/24 Elgin Parks and Recreation #12825 - 4/4, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25 Elk Grove Parks   #82593  -  4/29, 5/6, 5/13, 5/20 Schaumburg Park District #54015 - 5/3, 5/10, 5/17, 5/24 Streamwood Park District   #2450-2-  4/3, 4/10, 4/17, 4/24 LEGO Mindstorms Robotics Program To Learn's LEGO Mindstorms Robotics courses provide an exciting introduction to the LEGO Mindstorms Robotics Invention System. Learn mechanical design, construction, programming and teamwork skills. Students build different robots and program them with a laptop computer to move, react & make sounds to solve challenges. This class is a good introduction for kids interested in robotics competitions such as FIRST LEGO League. Spring 2013: - check back for additioal schedule dates for courses! Bartlett Park District  WeDo   #53513-02  -  5/4, 5/11, 5/18, 5/25 Buffalo Grove Park District  WeDo   #37374  -  4/6, 4/13, 4/20, 4/27 Elk Grove Parks  LEGO I   #82592  -  4/1, 4/8, 4/15, 4/22 Schaumburg Park District  LEGO I   #54013  -  4/5, 4/12, 4/19, 4/26 Summer Camps 2013: - check back for additioal schedule dates for courses! Bartlett Park District  pre-Engineering with LEGO WeDo Robotics   6/24, 6/25, 6/26, 6/27  #23513-02  -- FLYER -- REGISTER LEGO Mindstorms Robotics Summer Camp    6/24, 6/25, 6/26, 6/27  #23513-01  -- FLYER -- REGISTER Computer Game Design Summer Camp   6/24, 6/25, 6/26, 6/27  #23513-03  -- FLYER -- REGISTER Buffalo Grove Park District pre-Engineering with LEGO WeDo Robotics    #38194  7/8, 7/9, 7/10, 7/11  -- FLYER -- REGISTER LEGO Mindstorms Robotics Summer Camp   #38195  7/8, 7/9, 7/10, 7/11  -- FLYER -- REGISTER Computer Game Design Summer Camp   #38196  7/8, 7/9, 7/10, 7/11  -- FLYER -- REGISTER Dundee Township Park District Computer Game Design Summer Camp   # 7/15, 7/16, 7/17, 7/18  -- FLYER -- REGISTER Elgin Parks and Recreation pre-Engineering with LEGO WeDo Robotics   #    8/5, 8/6, 8/7, 8/8  -- FLYER -- REGISTER Computer Game Design Summer Camp   #   8/5, 8/6, 8/7, 8/8  -- FLYER -- REGISTER Elk Grove Park District pre-Engineering with LEGO WeDo Robotics    #83196  7/22, 7/23, 7/24, 7/25  -- FLYER -- REGISTER LEGO Mindstorms Robotics Summer Camp   #83197  7/22, 7/23, 7/24, 7/25  -- FLYER -- REGISTER Computer Game Design Summer Camp   #83201  7/22, 7/23, 7/24, 7/25  -- FLYER -- REGISTER Itasca Park District pre-Engineering with LEGO WeDo Robotics     7/22, 7/23, 7/24, 7/25  #4482-0 -- FLYER -- REGISTER LEGO Mindstorms Robotics Summer Camp    7/22, 7/23, 7/24, 7/25  #4427-0 -- FLYER -- REGISTER Computer Game Design Summer Camp    7/22, 7/23, 7/24, 7/25  #4470-0 -- FLYER -- REGISTER Schaumburg Park District pre-Engineering with LEGO WeDo Robotics  7/29, 7/30, 7/31, 8/1  #53760   -- FLYER -- REGISTER LEGO Mindstorms Robotics Summer Camp 7/29, 7/30, 7/31, 8/1  #53758  -- FLYER -- REGISTER Computer Game Design Summer Camp  7/29, 7/30, 7/31, 8/1   #53759  -- FLYER -- REGISTER South Barrington pre-Engineering with LEGO WeDo Robotics   6/17, 6/18, 6/19, 6/20  #8264   -- FLYER -- REGISTER LEGO Mindstorms Robotics Summer Camp   6/17, 6/18, 6/19, 6/20  #8265  -- FLYER -- REGISTER Computer Game Design Summer Camp   6/17, 6/18, 6/19, 6/20  #8270  -- FLYER -- REGISTER Streamwood Park District pre-Engineering with LEGO WeDo Robotics   6/24, 6/25, 6/26, 6/27  #2460-2   -- FLYER -- REGISTER LEGO Mindstorms Robotics Summer Camp   6/24, 6/25, 6/26, 6/27  #2460-3  -- FLYER -- REGISTER Computer Game Design Summer Camp   6/24, 6/25, 6/26, 6/27   #2460-4  -- FLYER -- REGISTER   Fall 2013: - check back for additioal schedule dates for courses!
 

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